S.W.A.G’s 1st Annual Elite Camp took place at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, CA from July 31st through August 2nd. The athletes also camped at Beasore Meadows near Yosemite National Park.
Campers checked in at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, CA. Following a brief orientation about camp expectations, campers hit the field and were put through a college simulated offseason workout. The workout was coordinated by Coach Jerron Cannon. Coach Cannon flew out from Wichita Falls, Texas to assist with the Elite Camp. Coach Cannon played running back for UC Davis and is currently a teacher, coach, and personal trainer in Texas. Coach Cannon states, “The kids need to know how to work during the offseason, so they can get an advantage over their opponents.”
Following the workout, campers enjoyed some free time at the Yosemite High School pool. After the swim and quick dinner, campers made the trek to Beasore Meadows to set up camp. The campers were responsible for setting up their own tents. The campers had forty minutes of daylight to set up their tents. “We wanted to see the kids work under distress, and bond together to get the job done,” stated S.W.A.G Director DeVon Hilliard. The kids were able to relax and get to know each other for the rest of the night.
The next morning, the campers had to wake up early and breakdown their campsite. Once the camp was cleaned up, the campers received breakfast. They would then make it to the field for their last session. The last session would put must see 1 on 1 match ups. S.W.A.G.’s staff called out names and position match ups that they wanted to see. This was an opportunity for the S.W.A.G coaching staff to evaluate one last time. Players that looked good were: QB’s Tyrone Williams (Merced), Damien Paulo (Patterson), Frank Cocio (Atwater), Brandon Sanchez (Buhach Colony) RB’s Justin Stefani (Buhach Colony), Kamare Bailey (Mariposa), Isaiah Montanez (Golden Valley, LB’s Hunter Yates (Lincoln Stockton), Nathayn Wood (North Valley, Reno), Jace Alcazar (Buhach Colony), TE’s Quian Newsom (Buhach Colony), Ryley McConn (Bishop Manogue, Reno), WR’s Mark Russell (Lincoln, Stockton), David Walker (Los Banos), DB’s Damarrio Hammonds (Patterson), Mike Lawson (Patterson), Collin Crown (McQueen, Reno). At the end of the camp there were three awards that were handed out. The first award that was given was “Mr. Character.” This award is for the camper who is coachable and leaves it all on the field. Ryley McConn (Bishop Manogue, Reno), was given this award. “This kid will be playing football at the next level and he will succeed. He will succeed both on the football field and in life,” stated Nickelson. The next award went to David Walker for his offensive performance. He would use his size and speed to make plays at his WR position. The last award was given to the defensive MVP. This was given to Patterson HS ATH Mike Lawson. “Mike can be one of the greatest to ever come out of this area. He has a great deal of athletic talent. He has started to take the classroom serious,” stated Hilliard. The camp will be back in 2015 with more elite campers.